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Around The Forest: New England Revolution part ways with Jay Heaps

MLS looking to overhaul playoff format, Minnesota United have a new CEO, is increased pressure on MLS managers a good thing?

Major League Soccer:

Tom Soehn takes over as interim Revolution head coach - The Bent Musket
Early Tuesday morning, the team confirmed reports that it parted ways with Jay Heaps during his sixth season as head coach. Effective immediately, Revolution assistant Tom Soehn will take over as the club’s interim boss.

Why MLS is considering a playoff overhaul, and why it's unlikely to happen | FourFourTwo
MLS is discussing potential changes to its playoff format for 2018 and beyond, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks.

New Minnesota CEO hopes to see Adrian Heath "win an MLS championship" |
For incoming Minnesota United FC CEO Chris Wright, taking the helm of the expansion club is bringing him “back to his roots.” The longtime Minnesota Timberwolves executive has taken a long and winding road to get to this point, as he was announced to be joining the Loons’ hierarchy in a press conference on Monday afternoon.

24 Under 24 is back! Stay tuned to for full coverage |
Beginning next Monday we will be revealing the top 24 young players in MLS as selected by a panel of soccer media members across North America and former MLS players. This will culminate on Thursday, Sept. 28 as the top ten will be revealed on a special edition of ExtraTime Live at 2 pm ET. The show will include exclusive interviews with players featured in the top ten.

Armchair Analyst: Jay Heaps pays the price for Revolution's failures |
Last week, following a shocking and humiliating 7-0 loss at Atlanta United, I wrote a column about the failures of the New England Revolution. Those failures were both short- and long-term, both individual and institutional.

MLS Week 28: Atlanta sets record; Josef Martinez a goal machine |
The league's longest winless streak and unbeaten streak were both kept alive with a 0-0 draw in Texas, where FC Dallas (winless in nine, slipping more from the playoff places) and the Seattle Sounders (unbeaten in 13, drawn four straight, one of four fighting for first in the Western Conference) failed to entertain up to the standard they've set in their encounters in recent seasons.

Stejskal: Increased pressure on managers a positive for MLS |
For the first time in MLS history, five coaches have been fired by their clubs in the middle of the 2017 season. Jeff Cassar (Real Salt Lake), Dominic Kinnear (San Jose Earthquakes), Curt Onalfo (LA Galaxy), Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), and now Jay Heaps (New England Revolution) have all received the axe this year. Cassar was the first to get the boot in March.

United States:

Christian Pulisic nominated for Golden Boy award | SBI Soccer
Pulisic is one of 25 nominees for the Golden Boy award, which is given to the year’s best player in European soccer under the age of 21. Pulisic, who turned 19 on Monday, has nine goals and 14 assists in 61 appearances for Borussia Dortmund as well as seven goals in 18 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Dom Dwyer’s welcome return to form could help injury-ravaged USMNT | SBI Soccer
Good news has been hard to come by for the U.S. Men’s National Team in recent weeks. As injury concerns build up ahead of the October World Cup qualifying matches against Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, possible replacements are being looked at for each position.


Manchester United seeking advice after Romelu Lukaku chant condemned - ESPN FC
Manchester United are to seek advice from "relevant bodies" after anti-discrimination group Kick It Out urged the club to ban an "offensive" chant about Romelu Lukaku. A small number of United fans were filmed singing the song during the 3-0 Champions League win over Basel at Old Trafford last week.

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele ruled out for three-and-a-half months - ESPN FC
Barcelona expect to have Ousmane Dembele back in action within three-and-a-half months after he underwent a successful operation on a ruptured tendon on Tuesday. Dembele, 20, travelled to Finland on Monday for the operation after getting injured during Barcelona's 2-1 win over Getafe on Saturday, where he was making just his third appearance for his new side.

Chelsea news: Eden Hazard to start League Cup clash with Nottingham Forest as Antonio Conte prepares to rotate |
Eden Hazard is set for his maiden start of the season in Chelsea's EFL Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, Antonio Conte has confirmed. The Belgium international made his first appearance since suffering a broken ankle in June in the Premier League win away to Leicester City on September 9.